We love it when our clients “think outside the box” when it comes to designing their custom stages and productions using beautiful and eclectic drapes from our diverse rental drapery collections. Nothing pleases us more than when a client happily shares a story or an image with us from their recent successful event, showcasing some of our lovely rental curtains as part of their intricate and unique stage designs. This past winter we were thrilled to work with Lighting and Scenic Designer “extraordinaire” Justin “Jiggy” Dunlap, who worked with the team at the always remarkable Oregon Symphony Orchestra on their unforgettable 20th Anniversary Gospel Christmas Concert. This special occasion was being held at the impressive Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (affectionately known to locals as “the Schnitz”) in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon, and so Justin needed to create a magnificent design that would be memorable, festive, and adjustable enough to work within the many various sections of this wildly popular show. The venue’s larger-than-life stage demands nothing less than ultra-dramatic décor and lighting, so using some of our stunning rental drapes worked perfectly to do this. 

Starting by building a proscenium frame downstage with Austrian Zip-Walls from our Silver Satin Collection, he gave the stage a striking elegance that put everyone in the holiday spirit from the get-go. Justin used our 30’h x 16’w Silver Satin Austrian Zip-Wall drapery to outline the proscenium, and then innovatively used some of our 12’h x 10’w Silver Textura Austrian Zip-Wall drapes as a fabulous “border” along the top of the proscenium, to help give it all a very clean, coordinated look. He then enhanced the look with an edgier, extraordinary design upstage by framing the orchestra with a 4’h x 50’w border and 28’h x 10’w legs in Metal Mesh, from our Industrial Textures Collection.  Embellishing the stage with holiday decorations and gorgeous theatrical lighting and gobos, Justin was able to deliver a thoroughly joyful vibe to the enthralled audience. This combination of unique rental drapes helped give their stage a completely one-of-a-kind, fresh look for various parts of the concert. These different—yet complimentary—styles of drapery are both easy to hang, light up spectacularly, and never disappoint!

Gospel Christmas with the Oregon Symphony...waiting for it to start!

Rent What? was so excited to be a part of this outstanding production again this year, and we genuinely look forward to working with Justin again on his next breathtaking stage design. Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our sales reps to see how we can help you create a fabulous look for your upcoming special events with dazzling curtains from our rental drapery collections, too.

(Check out the video to learn more about this exceptional orchestra and choir’s yearly gospel concert.)